In this series, we’ve been looking at numerological meanings and how they play out with the various suits. It is fun to do, but in my opinion, it falls apart about now. I can never determine on a keyword that relates to the energy of the seven that also relates in some way to each of the four cards. So. We will take them as they are.

The 7 of Wands exudes defensiveness and protection. It indicates a situation requiring one to stand firm and to not waver.

The 7 of Swords is no one’s favorite card. It, like the 5, is difficult. Stealth and deception are usually at the heart of the image. When this card comes up, it makes me more nervous than, say, The Tower. I never want to say: Do you want to be the thief or the victim?

The 7 of Cups is often a lovely card, showing all kinds of wondrous dreams and possibilities. It is, though, rather like a sweet that hides a bitter. Underneath all the shiny is the implication that you can only pick one and hope that it is the right one, because once you pick, all other options are no longer viable.

The 7 of Pentacles is, of this group, a pleasant enough card (although Crowley does call it Failure. Luckily, I never listen to Crowley). In this image, the worker surveys the fruits of her labors. She looks pleased, and that pleases me.

all images from the Legacy of the Divine Tarot by Ciro Marchetti.

Written by Barbara Moore
The tarot has been a part of Barbara Moore’s personal and professional lives for over a decade. In college, the tarot intrigued her with its marvelous blending of mythology, psychology, art, and history. Later, she served as the tarot specialist for Llewellyn Publications. Over the years, she has ...